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On The Pandemic

On The Pandemic

By Rutgers Communications and Marketing (R-COMM)

A Rutgers podcast exploring the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact, and recovery across the university.

Hosted by Mary Marchetta O’Dowd, Executive Director of Health Systems and Population Health Integration.

Transcriptions available at newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/RutgersCast
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On The Pandemic : S2 - Ep 9 : Impact of Health on Race

On The PandemicMay 09, 2022

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On The Pandemic : S2 - Ep 9 : Impact of Health on Race

On The Pandemic : S2 - Ep 9 : Impact of Health on Race

Join host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd as she welcomes Dr. Denise Rodgers, RBHS  Vice-Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs, to discuss the  relationship between race and health, the state of health disparities in  minority populations, and the steps we can take to change the  landscape.
May 09, 202226:53
On The Pandemic : S2 - Ep 8 : Intersection of Politics and Public Health

On The Pandemic : S2 - Ep 8 : Intersection of Politics and Public Health

Join host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd as she welcomes Ashley Koning, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, who shares her insights on the partisan divide over the pandemic and the importance of polling to help us better understand our current situation as well as what it could mean for the future.
Apr 13, 202227:29
On The Pandemic : S2 - Ep 7 : Journalism in the Time of COVID

On The Pandemic : S2 - Ep 7 : Journalism in the Time of COVID

Host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd is joined by Lindy Washburn; health care reporter for NorthJersey.com, The Record, and USA Today; to discuss the challenges of reporting on COVID-19 and the larger ways in which the pandemic has impacted journalism.
Mar 17, 202220:38
On The Pandemic : S2 - Ep 6 : Kids and COVID: What we Know

On The Pandemic : S2 - Ep 6 : Kids and COVID: What we Know

Join host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd for “Kids and COVID: What We Know” with  her guest, pediatrician Dr. Larry Kleinman, to explain some of the  unique struggles that children face, sharing the latest facts and  bringing some welcome perspective.
Feb 15, 202226:55
On The Pandemic : S2 - Ep 5 : A Voice from the Battlefield

On The Pandemic : S2 - Ep 5 : A Voice from the Battlefield

To cover the recent surge, prevention strategies, new health concerns,  and what might be some light at the end of the tunnel, Mary speaks with Lewis Nelson, a practicing physician who has been on the front lines from the beginning.
Jan 19, 202224:29
On The Pandemic : S 2 - Ep 4 : President Holloway’s Reflections on a Year Like No Other

On The Pandemic : S 2 - Ep 4 : President Holloway’s Reflections on a Year Like No Other

The latest episode of “On the Pandemic” features Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway discussing the unique challenges of leading the university forward in the time of COVID.
Dec 16, 202137:45
On The Pandemic : S 2 - Ep 3 : What to Expect this Holiday Season

On The Pandemic : S 2 - Ep 3 : What to Expect this Holiday Season

What will the holiday season look like? Guest Perry Halkitis, Dean of the School of Public Health, shares some good news and steps we can take to safely regain a sense of normality this year.
Nov 16, 202119:31
On The Pandemic : S 2 - Ep 2 : Back in the Game

On The Pandemic : S 2 - Ep 2 : Back in the Game

Mary Marchetta O’Dowd is joined by Pat Hobbs, Athletic Director, to discuss the return and importance of in-person sports here at Rutgers.
Oct 19, 202116:36
On The Pandemic : S 2 - Ep 1 : Back on Campus/Back in the Classroom

On The Pandemic : S 2 - Ep 1 : Back on Campus/Back in the Classroom

Mary Marchetta O’Dowd is joined by Antonio Calcado, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Rutgers, to find out how repopulation is going as 65,000 students return to campus after nearly 18 months away due to COVID-19, as well as the keys to success in the months ahead.
Sep 14, 202123:23
On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 10 : What to expect this summer

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 10 : What to expect this summer

Host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd is joined by Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, Dean, Rutgers School of Public Health, to discuss what to expect from the COVID-19 pandemic this summer, including mask and social distancing rules, variants and vaccines, and how leaders in public health are performing.
May 18, 202129:24
On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 9 : Lessons learned from around the globe

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 9 : Lessons learned from around the globe

Host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd is joined by Richard Marlink, Director,  Rutgers Global Health Institute, and Nir Eyal, Founder and Director,  Center for Population-Level Bioethics to discuss what lessons have been  learned from looking at COVID-19 from the global perspective.
May 03, 202134:53
On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 8 : Kids, School, COVID

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 8 : Kids, School, COVID

Host Mary Marchetta O'Dowd is joined by Lawrence Kleinman (Chief, Division of Population Health, Quality, and Implementation Science) and Steven Barnett (Senior Co-director of the National Institute of Early Education Research) to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the health and education of children.
Apr 19, 202130:09
On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 7 : The NJMS Call Center - What are New Jerseyans asking about?

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 7 : The NJMS Call Center - What are New Jerseyans asking about?

Host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd is joined by Dr. Diane Calello and Dr. Bruce Ruck from the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System  (NJPIES) Hotline to discuss what COVID-19 questions are being asked by New Jerseyans. On The Pandemic is a biweekly RutgerCast series where university experts and leaders in health examine the critical challenges we face in our  recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Apr 06, 202127:57
On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 6 : Trust: How it affects testing and vaccinations

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 6 : Trust: How it affects testing and vaccinations

Host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd discusses the issues of trust and how it affects testing and vaccinations for COVID-19 with Shawna Hudson, Professor and Research Division Chief, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Robert Atkins, Director, New Jersey Health Initiatives, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Associate Professor of Nursing and Childhood Studies, Rutgers University-Camden. On The Pandemic is a biweekly RutgerCast series where university experts and leaders in health examine the critical challenges we face in our recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Mar 23, 202133:29
On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 5 : A Year of Reflection and a Vision for the Future

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 5 : A Year of Reflection and a Vision for the Future

New Jersey Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli and host Mary  Marchetta O’Dowd reflect on the first anniversary of the COVID-19  pandemic and discuss New Jersey’s investment in the infrastructure of  public health and planning for the future.
Mar 10, 202134:57
On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 4 : Emotional Impact and Resiliency

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 4 : Emotional Impact and Resiliency

Rutgers' experts discuss the emotional impact and mental health toll of the pandemic on us, our families, and our communities, and what  strategies we can use to build resiliency.
Feb 24, 202139:53
On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 3 : Life on Campus

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 3 : Life on Campus

Tune in to learn about Rutgers' experience during the pandemic and the tools and strategies being used to keep the university community safe. Mary Marchetta O'Dowd is joined by Drs. Vicente Gracias and Melodee Lasky, who have been leading the COVID-19 clinical and health policy programs for testing, contact tracing, and vaccinations.
Feb 10, 202124:08
On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 2 : Impact of COVID19 on our Health Care/Public Health Workforce

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 2 : Impact of COVID19 on our Health Care/Public Health Workforce

This week, we explore vaccinations, the impact of the pandemic on our health care workers, and the surge in interest in health care education. Rutgers’ Mary O'Dowd joins expert faculty members Dean Robert Johnson and researcher Emily Barrett for this lively discussion.
Jan 27, 202128:16
On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 1 : Statewide Vaccine Distribution and Safety

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 1 : Statewide Vaccine Distribution and Safety

Join us for the new RutgersCast series, On the Pandemic, where university experts and leaders in health examine the critical challenges we face in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In this premiere episode, Rutgers’ Mary O’Dowd speaks with Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, Medical Advisor for the NJDOH COVID-19 Response, to bring us a revealing look at the current distribution of the game-changing vaccine. *This podcast was recorded on Monday, January 11. Since the recording, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced an expansion of those currently eligible for COVID19 vaccination. Visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine for the latest information.
Jan 13, 202143:21
Through Trying Times

Through Trying Times

For this week's RutgersCast, we take a deep dive into Rutgers’ fascinating history with Erika Gorder of the University Archives, uncovering surprising relevance to today’s challenges.
May 20, 202049:46
A Mindful Moment

A Mindful Moment

Join us for a quick mid-week de-stress session with "A Mindful Moment" guided by Dr. Kathy Shoemaker.
May 06, 202008:53
COVID-19: Let's Talk Mindfulness

COVID-19: Let's Talk Mindfulness

In this RutgersCast, psychologists Peter Economou and Nikki Rubin discuss the value of incorporating mindfulness into our daily lives to support mental health, particularly for those confronting the stressful realities surrounding the pandemic.
Apr 29, 202016:06
COVID-19: Helping Children Manage Anxiety

COVID-19: Helping Children Manage Anxiety

In this episode, we're speaking with psychologist Kelly Moore about the unique emotional challenges that children are facing right now. Listen to learn about the benefits of creating predictability, how to establish helpful routines, and even take a moment to try and see the upside in the midst of all the chaos.
Apr 09, 202011:28
COVID-19: Allergies, Cold, or Coronavirus?

COVID-19: Allergies, Cold, or Coronavirus?

In this episode, Dr. Reynold A. Panettieri, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Vice Chancellor for Translational Medicine, helps break down the differences and similarities between allergies, colds, and coronavirus.
Mar 30, 202004:50